The e-Future

Treasure Island in multiple forms

The topic is daunting. Imagine someone coming up to Gutenberg while he was working out the kinks on his first press and asking, “So, John, where’s this printing thing going?” I’ve spent the last few years prowling in the digital space and am more or less up to speed on what’s happening now, but the […]

Review of Green


Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illus. by the author Preschool    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 3/12    978-1-59643-397-7    $16.99 Lemons Are Not Red (rev. 1/05) was a concept book about color, so you might think this offering on various shades of a single color would be simpler. But Seeger once again sets up a challenge for herself, […]

Review of The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis Intermediate, Middle School    Lamb/Random    309 pp. 1/12    978-0-385-73491-2    $15.99 Library ed.  978-0-385-90487-2    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-375-89736-8    $10.99 To her father, twelve-year-old Deza Malone is “my Darling Daughter Deza,” “that sassy, smart, beautiful, charming little girl…my Mighty Miss Malone.” But it’s 1936, and the Depression has hit Gary, […]

Review of The Hero of Little Street

The Hero of Little Street

The Hero of Little Street by Gregory Rogers; illus. by the author Primary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp. 3/12    978-0-59643-729-6    $17.99    g The same bulb-headed boy who was chased through Elizabethan London in The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard (rev. 11/04) is time-traveling again, this time to seventeenth-century Delft, an important center of the […]

Review of Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy

Beneath a Meth Moon

Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson High School    Paulsen/Penguin    182 pp. 2/12    978-0-399-25250-1    $16.99 Woodson takes us on the dark journey of addiction, mimicking the slow, hazy spell of drug use with the lull of her poetic prose. Laurel’s happy childhood on the Gulf shore ends abruptly when Hurricane Katrina destroys her […]

Review of The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems; illus. by the author Preschool    Hyperion    40 pp. 4/12    978-1-4231-5128-9    $15.99    In this seventh Pigeon book—the first in four years (The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! rev. 7/08)—the Duckling asks politely for a cookie and gets one: “Thanks! That was very nice of you!” No fuss, no drama. […]

When the Name of the Game Is a Children’s Book

Children's lit board games

Yes, it’s the digital age; but enhancing the experience of reading a children’s book doesn’t have to happen only on a screen. A board game based on a children’s book is an alternative, low-tech option that allows players to experience the world of a book in a new form. In children’s book–based board games, players […]

Horn Book Magazine — March/April 2012

Table of Contents   Special Issue Books Remixed: Reading in the Digital Age   Features Stephen Roxburgh 10 The e-Future Or is it the e-present? The brave new world of digital publishing. Susan Meddaugh 23 Martha! She’s Back and Bigger Than Ever! Martha the dog speaks (and speaks) about her move to TV. M. T. […]

Medium Cool: Talking about e-Books with Dan Yaccarino

Dan Yaccarino

Dan Yaccarino has an aficionado’s old-fashioned regard for picture-book artistry and a techno-geek’s new-fangled fascination with screen-based storytelling. He has illustrated more than thirty children’s books and is the creator of the Nick Jr. television series Oswald and the Emmy Award–winning Willa’s Wild Life, which currently airs on NBC and Qubo. Having recently played an […]

Editorial: Remixing Reading

Horn Book Magazine cover, March/April 2012

Circumstance as well as preference dictated that I read the 2012 Newbery Medal– and Scott O’Dell Award–winning Dead End in Norvelt in four flavors: advance reading copy, finished book, iBook, and as an audio download from I read the ARC and bound book in editing the Horn Book Magazine review; when I needed to […]